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Moroccan researcher Rachid Yazami honored in Dubai

Moroccan engineer and scientist Rachid Yazami was honored on Tuesday in Dubai with the Mohammed Ben Rached Medal for Scientific Excellence in the “Life Achievement” category, in recognition of his eminent scientific research and inventions, particularly in the field of lithium-ion battery technology.

Moroccan scientist received medal from Cheikh Mohamed Ben Rached Al Maktoum, vice president, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and governor of Dubai, at a ceremony attended by emirati personalities and scientists and elite researchers.

This consecration is the highest distinction granted by the Emirates to eminent scientists who have made significant contributions and important achievements during their careers.

In 2014, Rachid Yazami received the Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, considered the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for engineers, in recognition of his contribution to the development of lithium-ion batteries in the 1990s.

Lourdes Vega, director of the Center for Research and Development on Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, was also decorated during this ceremony.

The Mohamed Ben Rached Medal for Scientific Excellence was created in 2017, in honor of scientists, researchers and specialists who have brought exceptional unique achievements.

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